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 My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please? 
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Post My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
Much of the time now he is totally unable to walk. He is still able to stand but unless I push him in a chair [or his seated walker], he can't get from point A to point B. I rented a transfer chair a couple of months ago just to try it out and it was too hard to push on the carpet and outdoors [glad I didn't buy one!] so I guess we need one with big wheels. Removable arms are a must so he can get close to the table. Lightweight ones are more expensive but worth it if I have to load it into the car by myself. So...any of you have any recommendations? Thanks.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:54 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
Pat, Medicare shoud pay for the chair and his doctor will prescribe what is medically necessary. Discuss this with the doctor, I'm sure he/she/ will help choose the correct one.. Dorthea


Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:22 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
A year ago, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Del was still walking with a cane. That day he fell and broke his kneecap. It's been a 'merry' whirlwind downhill since then. But, Pat, because of the break and his inability to use crutches, he was in a wheelchair for 6 weeks. The first one we got was too wide to get through the doors at our house. I know you are in an area of retirement homes so hopefully you have wider hallways and doors than we do.

Butif you don't, try out the w/c first to make sure you can make all the transfers in your house. A w/c will make your life easier. The other thing I would recommend is a lift chair as it's nice to have a change from the w/c.

Smikles, Nan


Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:53 pm
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I do know that Medicare will pay for a wheelchair [80%] but I don't expect them to pay for the 'extra features' that we need and that's OK. His doctor says he will order whatever kind we want. Just wondered what brands/types have worked well--or not--for others. Thank you, Dorthea.

Nan, I do think our house will accommodate any size wheelchair. That's one thing I considered in buying this place. No steps at all in the house, garage or to the sidewalk and the doorways and bathrooms are large. He doesn't like lift chairs [or recliners] but I could transfer him into his favorite chair and to the toilet from the w/c--I would not expect him to stay in it all the time. Just for getting around the house. If we reach the point where I cannot transfer him, well...we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. :|

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:00 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
I figured you had this thing down pat, Pat. Nan


Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:57 pm
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No one ever has this thing down pat, I don't think...

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:03 pm
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PS: Maybe you have me confused with the other Pat. ;-)

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:27 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
I'm tempted to respond... but I think I'll keep my mouth shut....

Have another cup of coffee, Pat. :lol: (I'm having mine with a touch of cheer.)

After all, it's that time of year......

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Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:45 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
No...I know who you are. You live just south of me on the I-5 corridor. Well, Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia are between us. No...it was just a silly play on words. I figured you would have thought of all these things when you bought...as you did. As a nurse who did home health care, you would be way ahead of most of us.

Did I ever tell you how much I admire people in the nursing profession? CNA's, LPN's, RN's and all the rest? Every time I go into the bathroom to help my husband, and I glove up, I am in awe of those of you who did this with grace and kindness and left the person's dignity intact.

Did my comment come across as snarky? If so, I certainly didn't mean it to.

Nan


Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:07 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
Pat - sorry that Derek's mobility has gotten much worse. I didn't realize it had. I don't know if they do this in WA or not, but the American Legion Homes here in MD have lots of wheelchairs, hosp. beds, walkers, etc. that they loan to veterans for free. You may want to investigate this, as they might have different types you could try. It's worth a call there, at least. I think I pay something like $12 every 6 mo. or so for the brand new wheelchair that my dad got last year (the Legion was low on wheelchairs and I had to get one immediately when he left the hospital last summer). Lynn

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Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:52 pm
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No, Nan, not at all. And I'm so glad you live relatively nearby. It makes me feel good! :P

No, just because I'm an RN doesn't mean I know what to do about Lewy. My patients have been trauma victims or, later, mostly older folks just released from the hospital. I worked in hospice for a while in the late 80's, early 90's, but it was part of a general home health caseload. I had no hospice patients with dementia. None of the home health agencies I worked for took dementia patients. They were seen by the mental health specialists, so I have no more experience than the rest of you except that it's handy to know how to change a catheter.

Nursing was a second career for me. Prior to getting a nursing degree [UW] I worked in pulp and paper chemistry at Weyerhaeuser R & D [you've probably heard of them, being in the NW]. That was where I met my husband.

Thank you for your kind words about nurses. My patience is tried on a daily basis and is usually worn very thin about this time of evening, which is when he gets so agitated. I just want to crawl into a hole somewhere and hide. :cry:

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I fixed all the traditional stuff and just got through cleaning up. At least we have leftovers for the next couple of days. :P

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:53 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
Lynn, thank you for the suggestion. I'll check into that. I know the local medical supply shop rents wheelchairs, too, as that's where I rented the transport chair. I'm sure there must be an American Legion here. Good idea!

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:55 pm
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Kidding aside.... I'm so thankful for you, Pat. A whole bunch of us appreciate you and your knowledge! Thanks for being here.

It's time for bed on this coast. Enjoy the rest of your evening, everyone.

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Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:09 pm
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
When I told Dale about the 'wheelchair' posts this morning, he said, "We would go to the church and try out all the chairs that have been donated by families who no longer need them." He is remembering that we did that with the walker he has. Our church has a large room filled with medical assistance items. It is an older congregation so a lot has been donated recently as people have died.

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Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:59 am
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Post Re: My husband needs a wheelchair. Advice, please?
What a great idea, Leone!

I'm not so much worried about paying for a w/c as about finding the right kind and one I can get into the car by myself easily. I do like the idea of recycling, though. I imagine that in FL there is a large senior population so it's easier to find such things. I guess Craigslist is another possibility.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


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